Realizations and Quotes

The past month or so has been a time of realization for me. I’ve spent a lot of time in introspection, thinking and praying, reading through the old posts on this blog and in my private journals. And I’ve discovered so much about myself and my life.

It’s a huge thing to realize your progress and your desires. And it is both reassuring and inspiring to see parallels between your life and the experiences of those who came before you. I appreciate finding gems of wisdom in the words of others and have formed quite a little collection of quotes.

Below I’m sharing a few favorites that, when paralleled with my own experiences, create a literary illustration of my progress and discovery. And also reveal the most important truth I’ve recently discovered:

I’ve passed an important turning point in this journey, one that changes my world, and I love the path I am on. I am stronger, wiser, and enriched because of the road that led me here, and I am walking boldly ahead armed with the desire of a wonderful future.


“It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.” — Dalai Lama

“A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.”  — Paul Klee

“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.” — Pema Chödrön

“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength; move on.” — Henry Rollins

“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” –Maya Angelou

“Stones in the road? I save every single one, one day I’ll build a castle.” — Fernando Pessoa

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anaïs Nin

“The day is ending. It’s time for something that was beautiful to turn into something else that is beautiful. Now, Let go.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

I know for me it was time spent alone and introspection that really made a difference on how I handled my journey. Even at 2 years out I still cherish my time alone. Getting out and being with friends and family is important too, but since nobody can tell us how to handle this journey but ourselves introspection is important too.

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